Babouska was the most popular gift giver in
Russia when Christmas was an acceptable festivity in that country. She was
the “grandmotherly” type traveling with her basket of food and toys.
In warm garb with her scarf over her head, she braved the cold of the
Russian winter to make her rounds.
Legends relay interesting stories about
Babouska beginning with a visit of the Wisemen from the East. When they
inquired the way to Bethlehem she purposely misdirected them. Another
story tells she refused the Holy Family shelter on the way to Egypt.
The most popular tale tells the first
wise man went to Babouska’s place and asked for food and shelter. She
was very hospitable; fed him and gave him a place to sleep. In leaving he
invited her to travel with him to the Christchild She declined, but said
she would come as soon as her house was cleaned and in order. The second
and third wise man, in turn, also stopped for food and lodging and each
time she declined with the same excuse.
Finally, when Babouska’s house was
immaculate, she packed a basket with toys for the baby king and food for
her journey. Alas, the wisemen had gone far ahead and she could not find
It is told she returns each year with her
basket of gifts and food which she shares with those she meets in her
search for the Christ Child.
Now on Sale!